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Putting Social into Social Media

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Social media is something that I personally struggle with. Call me an old fashioned 36 year old, but I always preferred a face to face conversation. I was that guy that never answered his phone. I would just show up because you obviously wanted to talk to me. This led to a few awkward times when I was a drunk dial or butt dial. Not awkward for me mind you. I have very little shame. I’ll accept more calls now. I prefer, very much prefer videochatting. Isn’t technology great? Love it!

Oddly enough, I write. I write 15 page letters. Not emails. Real letters. I swear, I probably kept USPS afloat for as long as it has. Every holiday. Every birthday (which are personal holidays, but that’s a whole different blog lol). I send cards too. A lot of cards. I’m probably why Hallmark stores lasted as long as they did.In fact a friend of my wife’s texted to her, “I just got a card from J.D., it must be some kind of holiday!”

I need social media for self publishing. My wife had a Facebook. I didn’t. Now I have one dedicated to writing type stuff and at first it drove me crazy. I never wanted to let something go past my timeline without responding to it. I felt it was rude. Yeah, that didn’t last long. The stuff just kept coming, lol. Now I’m much better at it. I joined Twitter. I felt like I was missing everything because people I’d follow would tweet multiple times a day. The more people I followed the more I missed, lol. I started this blog and here I feel like I’m getting to know people a little bit. Of course for the platform I’m building I probably don’t have enough followers and don’t follow enough people and need to blog more than several times a week, and the list goes on, lol.

I would like to get to know people on a deeper level than I do. I have friends. I have followers. I am a friend. I think there should be more depth. I want to put more SOCIAL in social media. Don’t you?

 

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Learning Spike

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So…I’ve decided to self-publish. I throw myself into things with a passion (I guess, or at least hope, that’s what helps me be a writer). There was no learning curve where I could just slowly take one thing at a time. Nope, not for me.

Instead, I had a learning spike. I went from zero to sixty like the best Ferrari! Hello to Facebook Account posts multiple times a day in various groups I’m part of, prior, my wife had a family page and I would only get on it on occasion. Hello Twitter Account  with my couple of tweets a day (incidentally during a recent twitter pitch I set up Hootsuite to handle it and found out that Twitter won’t let you repeat the same messages). Hello WordPress where I try to blog at least a couple of times a week (and I’m still not sure how to gain blog followers, maybe be more interesting I don’t know).  In fact, I just learned how to add links in this post.  Hello critique group Inked Voices  where I’m part of a critique group and average 3 critiques a week.

I’ve also taken a crash course in illustration. How else would I know if what I was getting, even though I liked it, would work for the market? Yep, I have better understanding of genre styles, age group preferences, interior art vs. cover art, figure placement, oh and the psychology of color.

I’ve also had to learn about the big one…SELF-PUBLISHING. Things like: finding editors, finding illustrators, which self-publishing company to use, how to build an author’s platform, various marketing and promotion strategies, and on and on.

The learning spike began 1 month ago!

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Writing Without Rules

 

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From the moment we picked up a crayon to add some scribbly words to a picture for mom to my recently typed submission to my critique group we are told writing has rules. Don’t make up words, a word only means certain things. There’s a perscribed structure to a sentence, a page, book. A story only fits into a certain genre. The list goes on and on and on. A quick search for “rules of writing” on Google comes up with a number ranging from three to 200.

Math wasn’t my strong suit in school. Writing was. Even I know that the number 3 is a different from the number 200. That tells me people have no freakin’ clue. Which is funny because we constantly say to follow this rule or that rule will make you a great author. One of the big 6 (there’s numbers again!) publishers will pick up your self published work and you will be a worldwide best seller. Basically, I just need to figure out which numbered rule out of 200 rules is the one that’ll make me famous.

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If it’s this three 3 rules one,…I’m screwed. We applaud those who go outside of the writing box. Made up words are constantly being added to the dictionary. Readers are delighted at unexpected metaphors, word use, and stylistic structure.

All I can do, and what many well-known authors do, just right from the heart. Pick out ideas from the ether. Worship at the feet of my muse. Break all of the rules, and just write. Later I can pick them up, cut myself on their sharp edges, and murder the bits of brilliance that cross the lines in to insanity. First, there’s only one thing to do:

WRITE

 

 

 

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In It To Self Publish It!

Self publishing isn’t simple and isn’t free. Sure there are exceptions. Every damn rule has an exception. Most of us aren’t the exception. Some of us choose to self publish for more direct control of our work. Some of us self publish because for whatever reason a publishing company didn’t pick us up. There’s millions of writers and probably a hundred or so different reasons.

Myself…I didn’t get picked up by a publisher.

I’ve had enough short pieces published or win contests to know I have some talent. (Plus my mom told me I did and moms are never wrong!) Granted, each rejection letter was nicely professionally, my mind would interpret it as, “It’s not that we hate you or think you wrote this in crayon (though that might’ve been better), it’s just not for us at the moment and hope you find someone stupid enough or desperate enough to publish you. Have a nice day and try not to make too much of a mess when you commit suicide.”

Ah, the inventive mind of a writer. Right? So, I’m putting the same creativity into self publishing. I’m putting the cold calculation of editing into it. I’m putting the same late, desperate nights of finding the right metaphor into it. I’m putting everything into it.

Are you?

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